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For all the preseason love that squads like Kentucky, Kansas and Duke received, it may be time to finally start recognizing Oklahoma State as a very real Final Four contender.
Marcus Smart is the best player in the country who isn’t a freshman, and he may just be the best player period. He put on one of the best performances of the young season against Memphis when he scored 39 points, but he’s not the only star lacing it up for the Cowboys.
Markel Brown put up 20 points in that game and followed it up with a 25-point performance against South Florida in the next contest.
He also posted eight rebounds and seven assists, three blocks and two steals against the Bulls, demonstrating how capable he is in all facets of the game.
Brown is incredibly talented, and he will have an inordinate amount of open looks playing alongside Smart.
He can hit the open three if defenses collapse on Smart’s penetration, finish through contact at the rim and create his own shots. Look for Brown to be a household name by March.